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Local Updates from ABC News Radio for Albuquerque.

Wednesday
Jul302014

Man Arrested for Auto Theft Twice in Three Weeks 

Albuquerque Police Department(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) -- Albuquerque Police arrested a man for the second time in three weeks, charging him with the same offense of auto theft.

Officers located a stolen white Ford pick-up Tuesday morning, determining it was the same car that had fled from police last week. After following the pick-up to the 200 block of Rhode Island NE, officers arrested Roberto Figueroa, 39, and two passengers, Zguana Allen, 22, and Emily Borges, 20.

Figueroa was booked on receiving a stolen motor vehicle. He had been arrested for the same offense on July 15, and has had 20 arrests in 2014, according to police.

Allen and Borges were found to have outstanding warrants, both with multiple arrests in the past year.


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Wednesday
Jul302014

Police Seek Public's Help in Identifying Suspects in Deadly Hit-and-Run

(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) -- Albuquerque Police are asking for the public's help in identifying suspects involved in a deadly hit-and-run incident.

Suspects ran over Nancy Myers on June 9 around 2:30 a.m.

The vehicle that struck and killed Myers is described as a dark, green, smaller body truck, possibly a Ford Ranger or Mazda B2300.

Following an investigation, officials determined the incident appeared to be intentional, police announced Tuesday. The case is being treated as a homicide.

Anyone with information on the incident or individuals involved is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 505-843-7867.


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Wednesday
Jul302014

Water Main Break Closes Section of Eagle Ranch Road

(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) -- Part of Eagle Ranch Road in Albuquerque had to be closed Wednesday morning due to a water main break.

The water main break occurred on Eagle Ranch Road in the area of Irving Boulevard.

"The break has caused a severe sink hole causing the road integrity impassable for any road traffic both north and southbound on Eagle Ranch Rd.," Albuquerque Police spokesperson, Officer Fred Duran, said.

Officials said Eagle Ranch Rd. will be shut down in both directions between Irving Blvd. and Agate Hills Rd., as crews work to repair the broken main.

Also, a number of customers in the area have been left without water due to the break.


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Tuesday
Jul292014

Police Catch Criminals Using City-Owned Vehicle as Bait

(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) -- Police caught a pair of criminals on Tuesday morning after they attempted to steal a city-owned bait vehicle.

According to the Albuquerque Police Department, detectives responded to a report of theft of a Dodge truck at about 3 a.m. Tuesday.

They found Freddie Mirabal, 50, and Anthony Milligan, 34, in the vehicle with city-owned property in the bed of the truck.

The two men were placed under arrest and booked on charges including burglary, possession of burglary tools, larceny and conspiracy. Milligan also had outstanding warrants for his arrest.


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Tuesday
Jul292014

Dept. of Health Announces Heart Disease Screenings for All Newborns

(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) -- The New Mexico Department of Health announced Monday that all state hospitals will implement heart disease screenings for all newborns.

Many hospitals already screen for critical congenital heart disease at birth, and all hospitals will do so as of August 1.

The change comes after Gov. Susana Martinez, earlier this year, signed a bill into law requiring non-invasive testing for CCHD.

"Testing for Critical Congenital Heart Disease is vital because these disorders may not be apparent early on, but newborns with CCHD often need life-saving interventions quickly," said Department of Health Secretary Retta Ward.


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Tuesday
Jul292014

Wanted Woman Captured in SW Albuquerque

Albuquerque Police Department(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) -- Albuquerque Police captured a fugitive Monday, arresting a woman wanted for burglary, driving while intoxicated, and forgery.

Officers received information around 10:30 a.m. that Amber Abeita, of Colorado, was in the area.

Police located Abeita in her car and were able to take her into custody at Isleta Boulevard and Arenal Road.

She had four felony warrants for her arrest, including an extraditable felony warrant from Colorado for receiving stolen property.


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Monday
Jul282014

Martinez Announces Back-to-School Programs to Help Low-Income Kids

(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) -- Gov. Susana Martinez announced on Monday a pair of programs aimed at assisting low-income and foster children in receiving all they need to prepare to return to school in the fall.

Martinez noted the two best ways the state can ensure that children have all their needs met before returning to the classroom are "proper clothing and supplies," which "make it easier for students to concentrate and makes it more likely that they will have a successful school year."

An annual clothing allowance will provide families with $50 per qualifying New Mexico child, and the CYFD will provide $100 per qualified student to go towards purchasing school supplies.

The programs will be funded by the state Human Services Department and the Children, Youth, and Families Department.


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Monday
Jul282014

Two Men Arrested for Child Endangerment

(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) -- A pair of Albuquerque men were arrested on Saturday and charged with child endangerment after police officers spotted them driving in a convertible with a child in a dirty diaper and a pair of firearms.

The Albuquerque Police Department received a call regarding the men, who appeared to be intoxicated and were attempting to order food through the drive through of a Jack in the Box restaurant on Saturday night. The restaurant's manager reported that the driver had an assault rifle on his lap.

Police found the two men, Mark Richard Cropper, 28, and Colin Decker, 27, in the vehicle with Decker's eight-month-old child on his lap in the passenger seat. The child reportedly was wearing a dirty diaper and a shirt not suited for the weather. Decker told police that he did not remember the last time the child had been fed.

Officers later found a handgun on the passenger seat, and a total of four guns in the vehicle.

Officers at the scene used their own money to purchase milk and diapers for the baby, before taking him to a police substation where he was fed and changed. The child is now in the custody of the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department.


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Monday
Jul282014

Coors Boulevard Crash Kills Woman and Toddler

(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) -- A crash claimed the lives of a woman and a 1-year-old child Saturday night.

Driver Carlos Rosales-Polanco, 41, was traveling on Coors Boulevard when he struck the median and lost control of the car, driving across the southbound lanes and eventually hitting a utility pole. The vehicle rolled into a field.

The front-seat passenger, 30-year-old Adriana Chavez-Miranda, was pronounced dead on the scene.

Rosales-Polanco had his two children in the car at the time of the incident. Both the 10-year-old and 1-year-old were taken to University of New Mexico Hospital in critical condition where the toddler succumbed to his injuries.  The other child remains in the hospital with life-threatening injuries, according to police.

Rosales-Polanco was treated and released from UNMH, then arrested for vehicular homicide. Officials say alcohol and speed appeared to be factors in the crash.


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Friday
Jul252014

More NM Public Schools Receiving 'A' Grades, Gov. Martinez Says

(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) -- Gov. Susana Martinez announced the 2014 grades for New Mexico public schools on Thursday, with more schools receiving an "A" grade than the previous two years under the current grading system.

According to the Governor's Office, 88 schools -- 10.4 percent of New Mexico public schools -- received an "A" grade, while 244 received a "B" and 118 received  a "C." Comparatively, 230 schools received "D" grades and 93 were given "F" grades.

This year marked the second consecutive year that the number of schools receiving grades of "A" or "B" grades surpassed those receiving "D" or "F" grades.


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